Malaysian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    For an Education in Malaysian Cuisine, Head to Williamsburg's Pasar Malam

    New Yorkers have fervently propelled many types of Asian cuisine into buzzy stardom -- just look at the dozens of ramen stalls and Isaan restaurants that line our streets. But Malaysian food remains relatively obscure, and that's something chef Salil Mehta wants to change. Mehta oversees Laut, a U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Inside Rasa, the New Malaysian Place in Greenwich Village

    There are a handful of Malaysian restaurants (plus at least one cart) in New York City, but none present the level of authenticity Camie Lai means to offer at Rasa (25 West 8th Street), the restaurant she just opened in Greenwich Village.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Mamak (a Different Mamak) Now Slinging Malaysian Food in Flushing

    After getting a taste of Malaysian food at Mamak, I was eager to explore the cuisine further, especially because my knowledge of local Malaysian-inspired eateries was limited to Fatty 'Cue. And while researching the Malaysaian street cart, I stumbled randomly upon a brand-new Malaysian restaurant in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Mamak's Street Cart is Serving up Malaysian Specialties

    If you see people carrying bowls of barley lentil or curry laksa ramen soup away from a mustard yellow and silver food cart on a warm summer evening, your instinct might be to pass by the first--and second--time staring in awe. Don't walk away--you've located one of the most unique food carts around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Malaysian Restaurant Week Kicks Off June 18

    If you're hearing the call of satay, roti canai, and mee goreng, we've got good news: Malaysian Restaurant Week kicks off next week, from June 18 to 24. Fatty Crab, LAUT, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, and Satay will offer a prix-fixe three-course menu for $20.12. Other restaurants (including Fatty 'Cue, ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 16, 2011

    Banana Leaf: Here's Your Skanky Wallop

    Brooklyn's Sunset Park goes a little more Malaysian

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Brooklyn's Banana Leaf: Five Don't-Miss Dishes

    ​These ain't no Buffalo wings! This week, Counter Culture saunters into Banana Leaf, an exemplary new Malaysian restaurant in Brooklyn's foremost Chinatown. Here are the five dishes my friends and I liked the most.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Asam Laksa at Banana Leaf in Sunset Park, Dish No. 13

    ​Asam Laksa is very, very tart. Asam Laksa is a signature dish of a Malaysian group called Pernanakans -- Chinese immigrants who settled on the Malay Peninsula as long as 400 years ago, and intermarried with Malays. Their cooking is often called Nonya ("Grandmother"), and represents one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    And Now, Another Restaurant Week. But This One's Malaysian!

    flickr/chooyutshingLap up the laksa during Malaysian Restaurant Week​Oh restaurant week, it seems so long since you last took over the cityscape, tricking gullible diners into purchasing frequently sub-par chicken dishes for the cutesy price of $24.07 or $35. And yet you're returning once aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Malaysian Kitchen Food Truck Spreading the Good Food News; Café des Artistes Murals to Live On

    ​McDonald's employees in Ohio received pamphlets with their paychecks encouraging them to vote Republican. [USA Today] Old Town Bar celebrated the 100th anniversary of its lovely Hinsdale Urinals last night, often cited as the most beautiful specimens in the city. [Wall Street Journal] Danny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    In Asian Food Truck News: Korilla to Peddle Korean BBQ, Malaysian Food Truck to Promote Malaysian Food

    thrillistKorean BBQ hits the streets.​Korean tacos have been something of a Holy Grail of food truck grub since the whole Kogi-coming-to-New York brouhaha of 2009. The new Korilla BBQ Truck might be just the thing to make us forget all about that mess. Thrillist is reporting that Korilla will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Hot Plates Live; Malaysian Night Market

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Metromix Hot Plates Live The Bell House Monday, September 13 at 6 p.m. A $15 ticket gets you admission to a walk-around tasting of dozens of Brooklyn's best and bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    The Atlantic Grill's Mike Lim on his Favorite NYC Malaysian, the Best Piece of Sushi He's Eaten, and Odd Customer Requests

    Mike Lim is behind the sushi bar at the Atlantic Grill ​The Atlantic Grill (1341 3rd Avenue, 212-988-9200) opened exactly a week ago, with chef Chris Lim heading the kitchen and chef Mike Lim (no relation) in charge at the sushi bar. Malaysia-born Mike Lim has more than 20 years of sushi expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Hawkers, New Union Square Southeast Asian Peddles Street Snacks

    Five-Spice pork roll with some pickles to cut the grease​It's never a good sign when a restaurant has a hawker outside the door trying to palm off menus and entice diners inside, but it's at least appropriate to the concept at Hawkers, the new Southeast Asian street snack joint off Union Squar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Where Am I Eating? OBao

    Char kway teow with radish cakes​Yes, the pictures we showed you yesterday were of dishes at OBao, Michael Huynh's Midtown eatery. We liked the chewy, radish-cake version of char kway teow, shown above, but hated the flavorless, watery curry laksa noodle soup. Congratulations to commenter Kim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Trouble in Paradise: New Belachan Restaurant Moves, Turns Japanese

    Fried lobak platter from the old New Belachan Restaurant​Meandering through Sunset Park today, we spotted a recently opened Japanese restaurant. Except it's actually the new incarnation of New Belachan, which was our favorite Malaysian restaurant in Brooklyn.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    An Early Look at OBao in Midtown: Michael Huynh's Gazillionth Restaurant

    Vietnamese chicken salad with cabbage slaw and peanuts​ Michael Huynh has always had a knack for flavor: His dishes tend to show an appetizing and skillful balance between hot, salty, sweet, and bitter, and he's good at deploying light, zesty flavorings with ultra-rich meats. Although some mig ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2009

    Dodge the Sake Bombs at Laut

    A fine Malaysian joint hides near Union Square

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Achar

    Laut's achar​ This Malaysian salad is made of lightly pickled vegetables, like carrot, cucumber, and cabbage, plus pineapple for sweetness. The sticky dressing is based on fried sesame seeds and peanuts, pounded together with shallots, galangal, lemongrass, chiles, and candlenuts. Sweet and ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The Brunch Report: Fatty Crab's Nasi Lemak

    Singaporean Nasi Lemak​ Oyster pancake​ The only problem with brunch at Fatty Crab is that it's expensive. (Around $16 per plate.) Other than that, it's pretty much perfect. Southeast Asians really know how to breakfast. Nasi Lemak is coconutty rice served with a variety of accompanim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Rasa Malaysia Launches Nyonya Food Site

    Fork in the Road is a long-time admirer of Rasa Malaysia, a Malaysian recipe website with gorgeous photography. The editor has just launched a new site, dedicated to Nyonya food, the cuisine that was created by Chinese settlers in Malaysia and Singapore. (Find a more detailed description of Nyonya c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    KF Seetoh on Singaporean Street Food

    Talking to the author of the famous "die, die must-try" guidebook. Plus, what he's excited to eat in New York.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema Travels to Redang Island

    This week, Our Man discovers a Malaysian restaurant called Redang Island in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, and in the process of reviewing it tells us almost everything we could ever want to know about the real Redang Island, including that it's one of the only places in Malaysia to get a drink. No better ge ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2008

    Redang Island's Sweet Tarts

    Pungency abounds at a Bath Beach Malaysian café

  • Dining

    April 5, 2005


    Lower East Sider gathers up its roti canai and heads for Queens

  • Dining

    March 5, 2002